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Walker's Reserve - Porter - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Walker's Reserve - PorterWalker's Reserve - Porter

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very good

1,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,617
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 64
Gots: 169 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 11-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A singularly distinctive beer that represents our finest brewing efforts, Walker’s Reserve is a elegant dark ale featuring robust flavors of toffee, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. This brew employs five specialty malts, as well as oat and barley flakes, for added complexity and flavor.
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3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, thanks to doktorzee for packing this back from Cali for yours truly.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish brown hue, with two ample fingers of densely foamy, chunky beige head, which leaves some nice loosely honeycombed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells rather underwhelmingly of lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of sweet biscuit, bittersweet cocoa, fleshy drupe fruit, and leafy, somewhat minty hops. The taste is mild caramel and toffee malt, medium baker's chocolate, a hollow musty dark fruitiness, and herbal, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite understated, and very soft, the body a decent middleweight, decidedly smooth, and a fair bit creamy to boot. It finishes well off-dry, the subdued caramel and steady chocolate notes carrying this one through.

An interesting American-style porter - tasty, but weirdly too laid back, as the herbal hops don't really measure up, and the malt, while suitably beguiling, just seems a little too vanilla, for lack of a better metaphor. Agreeable enough, I suppose, but it needs more kick, and not necessarily in the ABV. Glad I got to try it, at any rate.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours fairly dark with amber and brown coloring coming through in the light. Light brown head. The carbonation is visible despite the dark appearance.

The aroma is sort of mild but brings some complexity with roast, smoke, chocolate, wood, grassy and spicy hop.

The flavor comes across as roasty coffee, touch of char, smoke, the hop character is there, wood, chocolate and caramel.

Drinks pretty smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

Good porter and priced as well as a bomber.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Utter black in color, with a moderate, dense tan head, which retains quite well. Thick, fine beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep aroma of pine hop, bitter cocoa, cold espresso, dark chocolate, ,

Taste: Roasted malt, bitter cocoa and earthy hops at the open, soon followed by cold coffee. Wood and char appear later in the taste. Towards the close, leafy, earthy hops assert themselves. Finishes with a mild, lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with a hint of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A solid, competently-made example. At $5.99 for a bomber, this seems a bargain.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas for $5.99 for a twenty-two ounce bomber.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark and pretty transparent carmamelly brown with low head retention.
S - The nose is nice oaky burnt scent. A decently strong alcoholic aroma.
T - Dry cigar flavor with hints of oak hitting the back of the tongue.
M - Thin body with a decent amount of carbonation. A little bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue.
O - A decent porter. I'd prefer it have a thicker, fuller body, but for the price, it's a great beer.

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Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,617 ratings.